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michael finney, we appreciate your time and hope to see you again in half an hour. breaking news tonight. storms slamming both coasts. in the east, treacherous driving, a dangerous mix of sleet and rain. the pileups. 60-mile-per-hour winds. across the south, 20 reported tornadoes. the woman trapped under her home, rescued. >> hallelujah! >> and in the west tonight, bracing for a major system, too. also breaking tonight, the new polls coming in now. where do donald trump and hillary clinton now stand in south carolina? and former president george w. bush taking aim at trump. also developing, the supreme court. the president just moments ago, saying, "i intend to do my job. i expect them to do their job, as well." a message to the senate. the case of the serial killer, far worse than first thought. accused in ten deaths, now linked to several others.
what was discovered in his home. and mike check. america loves adele, but millions watching wondering, what happened? ♪ tonight, adele's own explanation, right here. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin tonight with a very dangerous commute home. a storm hitting in the east, another one about to hit in the west. and in the south tonight, multiple tornadoes, the pictures just coming in. an ef-1 tornado confirmed outside miami. which means winds about 100 miles an hour. drivers there on i-95 in the middle of it all. and you will see the rescues in a moment, playing out elsewhere. meanwhile, the chain reaction crashes further north. a mix of rain and sleet, a coating of ice in pennsylvania. i-81 outside scranton, trucks and cars colliding. we begin tonight with abc's gio benitez live along the west side highway here in new york city tonight. gio, good evening. >> reporter: david, good evening to you.
this storm has been pounding the east coast all day long, from tornadoes in the south, to dangerous high winds right here in the northeast. tonight, a dangerous commute home in the northeast. in philadelphia, winds over 50 miles an hour knocking over this tractor trailer on the walt whitman bridge. the threat extending all the way south. a violent tornado captured on camera in pompano beach, florida. security cameras catching the storm move in. planters and debris becoming projectiles, even destroys that security gate. in all, 20 reported tornadoes across five states in 24 hours. near pensacola, a miraculous rescue. an elderly woman pulled from under the rubble after a tornado hit her home. the rescuers forming a human chain to get her out. >> hallelujah! >> reporter: just north of scranton, pennsylvania, a massive pileup. eight tractor trailers slamming into each other on black ice and crushing small cars. incredibly, only minor injuries. >> i'm all shaken up, but from what i've seen, that's a
miracle. >> reporter: and further north, in rochester, new york, whiteout. nearly 18 inches of snow, making for a harrowing commute. >> horrible. the way it's coming down now, fishtailing all the way down. >> reporter: in the air, over the past 24 hours, more than 2,500 flights cancelled, and counting. more than 200 people stranded at the philly airport, including a high school band from michigan, spending the night at the terminal. and david, you can still see it, the wind is still gusting here in new york. but the real concern tonight is flooding. and when temperatures drop, icy roads. and, of course, as you know, that is what causes all of those accidents, david. >> yeah, because it's so difficult to tell. gio benitez, thanks. let's get right to rob, watching storms on both sides of this country tonight. first, rob, the system in the east. >> reporter: it's been really dynamic. tremendous contrast in temperatures feeding this thing. and the low itself now is across upstate new york. it will be exiting into quebec. the snows will wind down behind it. the front will push the squall lines offshore. but very windy tonight, especially for eastern new england.
be aware of that. here's that dramatic contrast of temperatures. record cold sunday morning, below zero. into the 50s this morning. so, huge warmup. cooling back down tonight, so, it's going to be slick spots in the morning. >> just an incredible swing. in the meantime, in the west tonight, you are watching something else? >> reporter: getting more active there now after a break in el nino. this is a big storm, it going to impact the entire west coast, from canada all the way down to mexico. it arrives tomorrow afternoon with ran, wind and some mountain snow. not a ton of moisture for southern california. still behind in the rainfall department for los angeles. >> all right, watching the west, too. rob, thanks. now, to breaking news in the race for 2016 tonight. president obama a short time ago saying donald trump will not be president, saying he has faith in the american people. and that, quote, it's a serious job, not hosting a talk show. it comes amid a new poll showing trump's strength in south carolina. donald trump well ahead of the pack, at 38% in a new poll this evening, followed by ted cruz at 22% and marco rubio, back in third at 14%. and former president george w. bush taking aim at donald trump, with a message clearly directed at trump's tactics on the trail.
and late today, a photo tweeted by jeb bush now making headlines. abc's tom llamas is in south carolina. >> reporter: today, president obama with a bold prediction. there will be no president trump. >> it's not hosting a talk show. or a reality show. it's not promotion. it's not marketing. it's hard. and a lot of people count on us getting it right. and it's not a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day. >> reporter: in south carolina today, a flash of anger at a donald trump rally. [ booing ] a protester surrounded and escorted out. trump then inviting the men who led the charge up on stage. where they pledged allegiance to him. >> if it wasn't for mr. trump right here, i don't think any of us would have the voice that we have. >> reporter: but now, from the last republican president, a
sober warning to voters -- don't fall into trump's trap. >> and i understand that americans are angry and frustrated. but we do not need someone in the oval office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration. >> reporter: former president george w. bush making the case for his brother, jeb. >> strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster. it is not theatrics. the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> reporter: trump has blamed president george w. bush for leaving the country vulnerable on 9/11. now, jeb bush firing back. >> no one envisioned 9/11. i don't care what donald trump says. the guy is a complete loser. >> reporter: today, trump mocked his opponents, saying they're selling him short. >> this guy, cruz comes out, well, i don't think he's going to win. this guy is so strident and so nasty. he's going to lose every single state. and then bush, poor bush, he
comes out, he goes, well, i don't think that donald trump can beat hillary clinton, but i can. i say, well, why aren't you beating me? >> reporter: senator ted cruz brushing it all off. >> i think the people of south carolina want a commander in chief who won't engage in the insults, who won't roll around in the mud. >> reporter: and jeb bush sending his own macho message. a one-word tweet, "america," with a picture of his new gun. a gift. his name printed right on the barrel. >> and tom llamas with us live at a trump event behind him tonight. and tom, you saw those numbers today. trump well ahead in south carolina. he has said, if he wins there, he'll run the table. but president obama today was asked about the idea of a president trump? >> reporter: that's right, david. today, president obama addressed the trump campaign, saying, quote, i continue to believe mr. trump will not be the president. i have a lot of faith in the american people. that said, trump is still drawing large crowds here in south carolina. and david, just seconds ago, he addressed what the president said, saying president obama is lucky he didn't run four years
ago instead of romney, because president obama would be a one-term president. david? >> tom llamas with us again tonight. tom, thank you. meanwhile, to the democrats tonight, and their battle for the south, and in particular, the fight for black and latino voters. new numbers tonight showing hillary clinton 18 points ahead of sanders in south carolina. it's believed to be much closer in nevada. and just a short time ago, hillary clinton, launching an assault on republicans in defending president obama. arguing race has played a role in their battles with the president. abc's cecilia vega with what clinton just said. >> reporter: hillary clinton today implying racism is behind the threat to block president obama's supreme court nomination. >> some are even saying he doesn't have the right to nominate anyone, as if somehow he's not the real president. you know, that's in keeping what we've heard all along, isn't it? many republicans talk in coded racial language about takers and losers.
they demonize president obama and encourage the ugliest impulses of the paranoid fringe. >> reporter: clinton and bernie sanders with their eye on the same prize -- the african-american vote. >> you can't just show up at election time and say the right things and think that's enough. >> reporter: but her speech nearly derailed by a coughing fit that went on more than four minutes. >> too much to say. >> reporter: sanders today attending a prayer breakfast in south carolina. >> if we didn't dream, does anybody here think that we'd have an african-american as president of the united states today? >> reporter: and a day earlier in michigan, where they're struggling with that water crisis in flint, sanders with another appeal to black voters. >> well, if we can rebuild villages in iraq and afghanistan, we can damn well rebuild flint, michigan. >> a real battle between sanders and clinton.
cecilia with me now. and you saw the new poll in south carolina, but you're covering this campaign. hillary clinton has spent a lot of time in nevada. what does this tell you? >> reporter: well, it says that she's certainly feeling the pressure there. in fact, she's heading back to nevada again this week. you can hear in her voice today how grueling this campaign is. her campaign is telling me they are bracing for an extremely tight race in nevada, david. they say it all comes down to turnout. we'll see on saturday. >> all right, cecilia vega with us tonight. thanks, as always. now to the battle over the supreme court tonight. just a short time ago, president obama doubling down on his promise to nominate a candidate to replace justice scalia. and this image tonight, justice scalia's chair, his bench, his courtroom door all draped in black. and democrats pointing to this image tonight. president reagan in 1987, nominating anthony kennedy with just 13 months to go in his second term. kennedy, of course, later confirmed. but republicans tonight are rejecting that argument. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on the president's message to the senate, just moments ago.
>> reporter: it will be in the great hall of the supreme court where antonin scalia's body will lie in repose friday, a public viewing not far from that chair, now cloaked in black, he used for his 30 years as a justice. today in california, president obama paid tribute to scalia, as a supreme court giant. but also made it clear, he's ready to fight to replace him. >> i intend to nominate somebody to present them to the american people, to present them to the senate. i expect them to hold hearings. i expect there to be a vote. >> reporter: but republicans remain dug in, insisting the next president should name scalia's replacement. the president today pointed out there is precedent for the senate confirming a justice during a president's final year in office. president reagan's nominee, anthony kennedy, was confirmed in february 1988. but kennedy's case is an unusual one. the vacancy came the previous year, in july 1987, when justice lewis powell resigned. reagan first nominated robert bork, who the senate rejected
after a long, bitter debate. reagan then nominated the less controversial kennedy in november 1987. the senate confirmed him three months later, 97-0. democrats say with 11 months left in obama's presidency, there's plenty of time to confirm a justice. >> and jon karl with us from the white house tonight. and jon, a reporter asking the president, should we assume you will nominate a moderate? how did the president answer? >> reporter: well, he said we should make no assumptions. but the bottom line here, david, is that the president has a choice. he can nominate a liberal who would energize democrats during had election year, or dominate a moderate who has had bipartisan support. i expect he will go in that direction, making it harder for republicans to reject that person, because it's somebody who republicans have supported in the past. >> making it clear that nomination is coming. jon karl live at the white house. jon, thanks to you. now, to that major health headline we reported on last night here.
a report linking popular antacids to dementia later on. products like prilosec, nexium, prevacid. researchers say they are linked to a possible 44% increase in the risk of dementia. abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser tonight answering your questions, and if you are concerned, what you can do about heartburn instead. >> reporter: tonight, reaction to a study that hits people where they hurt -- heartburn -- and forecasts what they fear -- the possibility of dementia. >> basically, my entire family takes prilosec daily. and it's very disturbing. >> reporter: but the study only looked at those over age 75 who took prescription heartburn drugs like prilosec or prevacid on a regular basis. and while it found an increased risk of dementia, it doesn't prove that the drugs were the cause. >> can't afford to let heartburn get in the way? >> reporter: americans spend more than $10 billion a year on these two main classes of heartburn medicines. protein pump inhibitors and h-2 blockers. available by prescription or over the counter. but look at this -- it's on the label. you're only supposed to use the over the counter ones for two weeks.
the prescription ones, for most people, just for a few months. >> and rich is with us now. because i want to get back to that point he just made. a lot of people take these drugs for heartburn, but the directions, as you point out, are really important here. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. i mean, the label is really clear. you shouldn't take these drugs for more than 14 days. if you still have heartburn at that point, see what else your doctor can suggest. >> and for folks at home who might be concerned about these drugs after this study, is there anything else we can do about heartburn? >> reporter: well, there are a few things. if you're overweight, losing weight will help. raise the head of your bed when you go to sleep. and look for any triggers for your heartburn. for many people, it's acidic things like coffee and spicy food. >> raise your head when you go to bed? >> reporter: that can help. >> all right, rich besser with us tonight. thanks, dr. besser. in other news, an emotional return to the stage in paris this evening. the band eagles of death metal performing their first full concert there since the terror attacks last november. tight security in place, as you might expect. chanting with the crowd, "don't be scared." 130 people were killed in the attacks, including 89 attending the show at the bataclan theater.
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>> reporter: in court today, the prosecution claimed the bespectacled lonnie franklin was something other than an affable l.a. auto mechanic. >> evidence in this case will tell a story. a story of a serial killer who stalked the streets of south los angeles. >> reporter: he's accused of violating then murdering ten women since 1985. he is now allegedly linked to six more deaths. he has pleaded not guilty. between 1988 and 2002, the alleged serial murderer went dormant, earning the moniker "the grim sleeper." monique alexander was only 18 when her father last saw her walk to the store. >> why couldn't she come home? who kept her from coming home? >> reporter: what finally led police to franklin's suburban door was dna, but not his own. his dna was not in databases, but his son's was. so, investigators trailed franklin until they got a sample. >> slice of pizza, i think a fork, there was a napkin. >> reporter: when they raided his home in 2010, they found
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♪ my heart at the door >> reporter: her mike drops out. she keeps singing, albeit slightly out of tune. ♪ ♪ this is my last night with you ♪ >> reporter: we know adele can nail it. even in a car, with just the radio backing her up. ♪ this is my last night with you ♪ >> reporter: soon after the grammy performance, adele explained it all in a tweet. "the piano mikes fell on the piano strings. that's what the guitar sound was. it made it sound out of tune." then added, "because of it, though, i'm treating myself to an in-n-out, so, maybe it was worth it." ♪ nothing like a burger to make it all better. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> we still love her. i'm david muir. we'll see you right back here tomorrow night. good night.
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called him dad, faces his first court appearance for the crime. good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. traffic was stopped as police escorted the casket from the coroner to the vallejo. >> reporter: nearly all of officer vegas' family was here in support. it's likely some family members may be at robert vega's court appearance. they tell me the man accused of shooting and killing the officer is like family. having survived what family members say was one of the most-difficult days of their lives, the journey began in fairfield, he is supreme courts guided a vehicle to sky view memorial lawn in vallejo.